Gilmanton NH News

January 28, 2009


Gilmanton Public Library

Come celebrate during February, “Black History Month” at the Gilmanton Public Library. The last of our National Endowment of the Humanities grant books will be on display. Our winter hours are Wednesday 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to noon. Look for the flags waving in the breeze.

The books on display are Elijah of Buxton by C. Curtis, Many Thousand Gone by V. Hamilton, Freedom Walkers by R. Freedman, Saturnalia by P. Fleishman, Mama Day by G. Naylor, The God Who Begat A Jackal by N. Mezlekia, Restavec by J. Cadet, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Z. Hurston, and Chicken Sunday by P. Polacco.

Come join us for this special month and enjoy these wonderful books! Watch our website for interesting events and new book arrivals.

Again, a huge thanks for the boxes and boxes of donated books that were given to us last week. As always we are very grateful to the people who donate these books to us.



61st NH Art Association Exhibition At The Currier Museum Of Art

Eight New Hampshire artists recently received awards at the opening of the 61st New Hampshire Art Association (NHAA) exhibition held at the Currier Museum of Art. The exhibition is on view through February 16, 2009 in the museum’s new special exhibition gallery. The NHAA is a juried artist organization with members from New Hampshire, Vermont, northern Massachusetts, and southern Maine. The exhibition is a long-standing tradition and one of the Art Association’s most popular events.

Featuring work by New Hampshire’s most accomplished artists as well as a roster of emerging artists, this show highlights the state’s vibrant contemporary art community. There are 50 works in the exhibition representing work in all media, including painting, watercolor, photography, and sculpture. The annual exhibition provides local artists with an opportunity to exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art.

The awards were selected by this year’s juror, Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA. A native of British Columbia, Smith has worked in museums in Australia and served as curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

This year’s prize winners are: the Currier Museum of Art “Best of Show” Award to Ryan Lefebvre of Manchester; the Forrest D. McKerley Award for Sculpture to Jane Kaufmann of Durham; the James and Eugenia Georgopoulos Memorial Award for Drawing to Rebecca Ronstadt of Gilmanton; the Friel Award for Watercolor to Susan Siegel of Auburn; the Ezekiel A. Straw Memorial Award for Photography to Claudia Rippee of Manchester; the Miriam S. Sawyer Memorial Award for Painting to Allan B. Hall of Brentwood; the Dr. Paul and Duddy Costello Memorial Award for Mixed Media to Robert Johnson Jr. of Bow; and the Rosmond deKalb Memorial Award for Pen/Pastel to Ron McClure of Canterbury.

The NHAA annual exhibition is sponsored by Centrix Bank with additional support from Nancy B. Tieken.

The artists chosen to be in the exhibition represent 33 New Hampshire communities from all corners of the Granite State-from Peterborough to Exeter and from Nashua to Gorham. Three communities in Maine and one community in Vermont are also represented.

Artists selected for the NHAA exhibition are: Jayne Adams of Alton; Joanne Balcom of Center Barnstead; Jane Banquer of Peaks Island, ME; Jennifer Benn of Stratham; Ed Blake of Nashua; Dan Brown of Hudson; Jamie Calderwood of Durham; Bruce Cantwell of Merrimack; Debra Claffey of New Boston; Richard Cobbett of Manchester; Jane Connor of Manchester; Rosemary Conroy of Weare; Jack Davis of Dover; Victoria Elbroch of Kittery, ME; Glenna Evans of Manchester; Robert S. Fay of Hancock; Michele Fennell of Kensington; Barbara Filleul of Concord; Claudette Gammon of Bow; Stephen Gianotti of North Hampton; Adeline Goldminc Tronzo of Eliot, ME; Allan B. Hall of Brentwood; Nina Fox Herlihy of Rye; Robert Johnson of Bow; Jane Kaufmann of Durham; Ryan LeFebvre of Manchester; James Locke of Loudon; Jennifer McCalmont of Hollis; Ron McClure of Canterbury; William McLane of Bow; Frank Moulton of Portsmouth; Jon Olsen of Norwich, VT; Mary Phillips of New Boston; Jessie Pollock of Peterborough; Stephen Previte of Hollis; Claudia Rippee of Manchester; Rebecca Robinson of Concord; Rebecca Ronstadt of Gilmanton; Marilene Sawaf of Hollis; William Scolere of Gorham; Yvonne Shukovsky of Sunapee; Susan Siegel of Auburn; Natacha Sochat of Weare; Ron St. Jean of Rollinsford; Mary Margaret Sweeney of Kittery, ME; Christine Utter of Exeter; Pat Verani of Londonderry; Paul Wainwright of Atkinson; Richard Widhu of Nashua; and Thomas Wright of Goffstown.




Donald Ralph Jenkins

Gilmanton Iron Works, NH -
Donald Ralph Jenkins, 85, died at home on January 17, 2009, after a brief illness.

He was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on May 1, 1923, to Ralph A. and Rachel (Osborne) Jenkins.

He graduated from Rutgers University and Lehigh University with degrees in mechanical engineering. During WWII, he served in the Army Air Corps in the European theater as a First Lieutenant Navigator on a B24 Liberator Bomber. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters. For 40 years, he taught mechanical engineering, 34 of them at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, as an associate professor. He spent many of his formative years on Crystal Lake in Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire, and retired there in 1987. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, the Winnipesaukee Lodge No. 75 FA&M.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years Lavinia (Burns) Jenkins; his daughter, Winnie and her husband, Richard Rubino of Brookline, Massachusetts; his son, Ralph of New Paltz, New York, and his daughter; Rachel and her husband, Jan Ciemiecki of Worcester, Vermont; his granddaughter, Jamie and her husband Jesse Moore, his granddaughter, Janell Ciemiecki; his grandsons, Ryan Rubino and Blair Ciemiecki; great grandson, Wesley Moore; sisters, Marjorie Conover of Fenton, Michigan, and Patricia Penn of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Gail; and his sister, Eleanor Reynolds.   Alton, NH.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield, NH, with Rev. Dave Stasiak, pastor, officiating.

Internment will be in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilmanton, Iron Works, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Health and Hospice, 780 North Main Street Laconia, NH 03246.

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